Chima Nwaogu – Life history traits and the immune function in Common Bulbuls

My project aims at understanding how variation in life history traits and immune function of birds arise due to variation in environmental conditions in space and time. Research questions cover aspects of the breeding ecology, diet and immune function of Common Bulbuls. I utilize field observations over spatio-temporal scales around Nigeria, captive diet experiments in outdoor aviaries at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and immune/microbial assays to test whether timing of annual cycle stages such as breeding and moult and baseline innate immunity respectively, vary in a manner that suggest adaptation to variation in rainfall, food availability, diet or pathogen pressure over aridity gradients in space and time.